Dr Walters replaces Professor Ian Jones in the post, who succeeded Professor Nick Craddock in the role of Director at the Centre last April.
Dr Walters is a clinical senior lecturer and honorary consultant psychiatrist at the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University. He trained in the South of England, London and Sydney before returning to Cardiff.
Dr Walters’ main area of research interest is psychosis and schizophrenia, in particular the cognitive impairments related to these conditions, and the role played by genetics.
James’ work has been recognised by the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation with the Sidney Baer Prize for Innovative Schizophrenia Research and he has also received the British
Medical Association Margaret Temple Research Award.
“It’s an honour to be appointed to the role, and I’m very excited to take on this new challenge” said Dr Walters. “NCMH has achieved a great deal already, and I hope to play an active part in its future success.”
Professor Ian Jones said: “Dr Walters’ expertise will be invaluable for the centre as we go forward into our next phase. I look forward to working closely with him at this very exciting time for our research.”
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